I woke up this morning to the news that the Australian prime minister has called a vote on her tenure, interestingly her opposition has decided not to run against her so quite how she can lose is a bit mystery. Why has a successful and popular PM essentially offered to give the keys to the country back? Because between the 1950’s and the 1970’s Australia had a policy of pushing for the adoption of babies. I am sure that this was a bad time and its all jolly unpleasant but has it got to do with Julia Gillard? Because she is PM is she responsible for every oversight and error of previous holders of the post, if so no wonder the job pays well.
Why does the West insist on raking over its history and then trying to apologise, compensate and punish itself for the acts of its forefathers? It is far to regular an occurrence and I think it may all be part of some psychological issue where our success leads us to want to apologise for it, perhaps we are all a little to British. In the UK we pay large amounts of money into funds to compensate the Jewish for the hideous actions of the Germans in WW2 but we let our own soldiers struggle with minimal support, forgive me for my limited knowledge but weren’t we the good guys? Its deeper than that though we fund development works in a thriving India, now a popular outsourcing location for UK jobs, as some sort of atonement for colonialism.
Here’s a novel way of thinking about the past ‘shit happened, its done, get over it’, give it a try it really works. Colonialism was all very unfair on the colonies but it was a dog eat dog world and hey back then our forefathers were doing the eating, they didn’t leave us a stack of cash and the people living in these countries are not restricted as a result so why do I need to pay? I was beaten by schoolteachers, its frowned upon now but that does not mean I am entitled to recompense now, that was then and now is now.
If we continue this ridiculous analysis of history in an attempt to uncover and compensate for every wrong then where will it end? I can see Ms Gillard riding into the next election promising to gold plate every BBQ in Australia funded by making the British compensate for sending the convicts to this lush and prosperous land.